Epic and U.S. Bank introduced an enhanced Epic Card as the first card issued by a fuel supplier to provide global acceptance via U.S. Bank’s aviation-specific network. The Epic Card is now accepted at thousands of FBOs globally that process through the U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation Network, the companies said. For Epic cardholders, all card transactions will appear on one statement each month for streamlined reconciliation. In addition, a mobile app and a dedicated website provide online settlement, tracking and account-specific pricing.
Dynamic Systems is offering what it promotes as a low-cost tracking system for MROs and FBOs using the latest bar code technology. Total Track System tracks tools, maintenance, equipment, work orders, inventory, capital assets and job costing. Bar-code data collection has proved to be the most accurate and efficient method of tracking or counting items.
U-Fuel, a provider of aircraft fueling stations, has designed a self-contained unmanned “FBO-in-a-box” concept that it says is aimed at lowering the cost of operating at small airports.
The design consists of a weatherproof steel enclosure that contains self-service pumps for various fuels, an air-conditioned lounge with restroom, as well as a meeting room with telephone, wireless Internet and vending equipment for food, beverages and aviation items.
UK air navigation service provider Nats and lobbying association Oil & Gas UK last month switched their North Sea multilateration system to the “operational” mode, thus improving offshore flight safety. Controllers can now see helicopters on their radar screens in areas that are beyond the 80-nm reach of land-based radar. The multilateration system uses signal transmitters and receivers fitted to 16 offshore platforms.
Gulfstream Aerospace has released three new enhancements to CMP.net, its computerized aircraft maintenance tracking program. They are a new work order module, inventory purchase order module and smart cards designed to facilitate, capture and report day-to-day aircraft maintenance activities.
ADT has developed and is testing a private aircraft security system known as Aviation Pass. The system sends out an alarm if an equipped airplane is moved by anyone not authorized to do so.
A radio frequency-based identification (RFID) tag is installed in the aircraft and an associated RFID card (perhaps in the form of a key fob) is issued to everyone authorized to have access to the aircraft, including an FBO if the owner chooses.
The number of tools needed for a modern business jet maintenance shop and the hassles of keeping track of their whereabouts and calibration status seem to climb every year. FAA inspectors are increasingly concerned about calibration of even the simplest tools, and unless an operation has its own tool crib specialist, there’s a good chance that tools could easily go missing or out of calibration.